By College Football Analyst Josh Buchanan for TonySoftli.Com

Here is my analysis of the top 50 prospects in this year’s draft and where I expect them to be valued by NFL teams on draft day.

 

Rank Pos Name School Height Weight 40 (Avg hand held)

  1. SS JAQUISKI TARTT, SAMFORD, 6’1 3/8, 218, 4.50

It’s not often you find safeties who can play free or strong who have elite size and speed but that is what Tartt brings.  He’s a hard hitter who will sometimes miss because he is a bit out of control but he is explosive, has good quickness, can change direction, has great range, and dominated like you expect from a top small school prospect.  Tartt isn’t known for making ball plays but mostly covering a lot of ground and making tackles not online in the secondary but coming down in the box.  The three-time All-American and three-time first-team All-Southern Conference selection can play either safety spot but I like him best at strong safety because of his speed, size, toughness, and tackling.  I believe Tartt will be a good NFL starter by year two.  33 VJ, 10’4 BJ, 4.29 SS, 10 1/8 hand, 78 ½ wing, 13 reps

GRADE- 2nd round

PROJECTION- 3rd round

 

  1. OG/C ALI MARPET, HOBART (NY), 6’3 7/8, 302, 5.02

Three-time 1st team All-Liberty League and 2014 Offensive Player of the Year at left tackle.  Well respected, liked, and very smart kid who played basketball in high school.  Grew into a defensive end and eventually became a lineman.  As a junior he flashed very good feet and dominated D3 but needed to improve his flexion, technique, pad level, and finish blocks more.  As a senior he improved on all of those negatives and became a dominating force.  There were still concerns heading to the Senior Bowl but by the end of the week he was one of the better linemen there.  Because of that performance it is likely he will be taken higher than most would have projected in the fall.  It’s hard to find players who can play just about anywhere on the line, get to the second level, and have the athleticism to mirror with just about anyone.  Entering the season I had a priority free agent grade on him so he was a huge riser throughout the process.  30 ½ VJ, 9’0 BJ, 4.47 SS, 10 hand, 80 1/8 wing, 30 reps.

GRADE- 5th-6th round

PROJECTION- 3rd-4th round

 

  1. RB DAVID JOHNSON, NORTHERN IOWA, 6’0 5/8, 222, 4.48

There is a lot of argument on Johnson.  Some scouts have him in the 2nd or 3rd round while others have him as a late round option.  Some have him as a receiver and others as a running back.  Early in the year he lit up Iowa as a receiver with around 200 yards showing the ability to make people miss in open space, natural hands, and the strength to break tackles.  Johnson does run upright a good bit and will need to lower his pad level but he has all the tools to be a solid player.  During Senior Bowl week and the game he showed he can pick up big yards, has good vision, and the speed to make people miss and get to the second level.  It’s interesting to note that Johnson is a four-time All-MVFC player who has been ranked in the JBS system for four years.  He has run for a lot of yards in his career but should be a good power back with speed.  41 ½ VJ, 10’7 BJ, 4.27 S, 9 5/8 hand, 25 reps

GRADE- 4th round

PROJECTION- 3rd-4th round

 

  1. WR TRE MCBRIDE, WILLIAM & MARY, 6’0 ¼, 206, 4.41

It is rare to find a wide receiver with his physical tools in the FCS.  McBride is smooth, has good speed, and makes circus catches.  His blocking needs work and he could use some coaching on routes but he has all the talent to be a very good target in the NFL.  There is concern about the fact he is a little tough to coach at times but his speed, versatility, and athleticism make him a player worth taking a shot on in the mid rounds to be a solid No. 3 target who you can count on to make the tough plays.  He is a three-time All-CAA pick and was named the CAA Special Teams Player of the Year in 2013.  38 VJ, 10’2 BJ, 4.02 SS, 9 hand, 77 wing, 16 reps

GRADE- 4th round

PROJECTION- 4th round

 

  1. DE/OLB DAVIS TULL, CHATTANOOGA, 6’2 5/8, 244, 4.57

Tull is another player who has been in the JBS system for four years.  As a freshman, he had 8 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.  I was skeptical about his full potential solely because he did not have great length but he became a high motor player with very good explosion and speed.  His get off and closing speed are among the best ever seen at the small school level.  The three-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year would likely project in the 3rd round if not for his hamstring issue at his pro day but I expect him to fall to the 4th round.  Tull has good strength and speed but will need to work on his hand to hand combat when engaged with a tackle.  I like his ability as a 3rd down pass rusher early on while he develops better technique against the run and bulks up a little more.  42 VJ, 11’0 BJ, 9 ¾ hand, 77 3/8 wing, 26 reps

GRADE- 4th round

PROJECTION- 4th round

 

  1. TE MYCOLE PRUITT, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, 6’2 ¼, 255, 4.54

Pruitt doesn’t block very well and has average strength but he is an excellent pass catcher with speed.  While he tests a little better than he runs he has good speed to get up the seam and has pretty good hands.  His lack of ideal size will hurt his projection and is why I don’t have him graded as high as I believe he will be drafted.  Some teams have him as a late round fullback while others have him in the early to mid 4th round as a tight end.  I don’t see him as a fullback at the next level but do see him as an h-back type like Charles Clay.  Pruitt has the medical flag from a fractured tibia in 2013 but is a four-time All-MVFC pick who has shown to be very productive.  After his performance in the Shrine and lighting up the NFL Combine there is buzz he could go higher than the grades most gave him in the fall.  38 VJ, 9’10 BJ, 4.37 SS, 10 ¼ hand, 79 5/8 wing, 17 reps.

GRADE- 6th-7th round

PROJECTION- 4th-5th round

 

  1. DE/OLB KYLE EMANUEL, NORTH DAKOTA STATE, 6’3 ¼, 254, 4.75

This is one of my big risers from the fall after giving him a low priority free agent grade in the spring, he was upgraded to a late round grade in the fall.  Emanuel has a high motor and good speed.  He can bend and dip and has a good get off.  There needs to be improved consistency against the run and he lacks great length but he brings a great motor and quickness to be a solid linebacker in the NFL.  This kid is stronger than you might think and he will fight hard when engaged with linemen.  After he captured the Buck Buchanan Award, he helped the Bison to a fourth straight national title.  Emanuel finished the year with an impressive 97 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, and 19.5 sacks a senior.  I have him as a mid round player who should be a quality NFL backup.  34 VJ, 10’0 BJ, 4.25 SS, 9 3/8 hand, 74 5/8 wing, 27 reps.

GRADE- 5th round

PROJECTION- 5th round

 

  1. TE NICK BOYLE, DELAWARE, 6’4 ½, 268, 5.02

This draft is low on good blockers but Boyle is the best of the bunch and a good one.  He is a big body with good strength who demolishes people (see the Delaware State tape among many more).  His slow 40 time at the NFL Combine hurt after the strong Senior Bowl performance but he was never considered a burner, as most scouts had him in the 4.8s anyway.  Most outside the NFL don’t realize but he could be a long snapper in the NFL.  While he needs to work as a route runner and doesn’t have much upside you know you are getting a good backup blocker with average hands.  30 ½ VJ, 9’4 BJ, 4.23 SS, 10 3/8 hand, 81 ¼ wing, 20 reps

GRADE- 5th round

PROJECTION- 5th round

 

  1. WR DEZMIN LEWIS, CENTRAL ARKANSAS, 6’3 ¾, 214, 4.48

I was not as high on Lewis heading into the year as most scouts because I feared he was not that fast.  Lewis covers a lot of ground and has ideal size.  His possession skills are good and his physical tools are among the best you will see.  He is a long strider with good route running ability who can make some freakish catches.  After earning second-team All-Southland honors in 2013 he earned first-team in 2014.  It’s funny because the first tape I saw in 2014 he dropped a wide open pass but hauled in everything else since that drop that I saw.  UCA did not use him to his fullest potential so he could be a more productive pro who ends up being a solid #3 or #4 target.  Expect him to be a mid round pick.  37 VJ, 10’4 BJ, 4.28 SS, 9 7/8 hand, 78 1/8 wing, 16 reps

GRADE- 5th round

PROJECTION- 5th round

 

  1. FS DEAN MARLOWE, JAMES MADISON, 6’1 3/8, 205, 4.56

Marlowe is another player who has been in the JBS system for years.  He’s long, athletic, can run well, and showed he can hit, cover, and tackle.  JMU did not use him exactly how scouts wanted to see him used as a senior but he did what was asked well.  He needs to work on man to man cover skills but can be a cover two safety who controls centerfield with good ball skills.  As a senior he was very good with four picks, five breakups, and 96 tackles.  His performance in the Shrine Game and NFL Combine was impressive.  33 ½ VJ, 9’6 BJ, 4.18 SS, 8 ¾ hand, 74 1/8 wing, 16 reps

GRADE- 6th round

PROJECTION- 6th round

 

  1. OG ROBERT MYERS, TENNESSEE STATE, 6’4 ¾, 324, 5.40

This was a tough evaluation because he did not play as well as a senior as he did as a junior.  The OVC coaches agreed and did not give him first-team honors as a senior.  He is a big body who isn’t stiff, can steer and control opponents, and has good feet.  The struggles came when he would pull and miss targets and not finish blocks.  This is a player who needs a lot more work but has the tools you want to work with in a late round pick and the ability to play guard or tackle.  27 ½ VJ, 7’10 BJ, 4.91 SS, 9 ½ hand, 80 5/8 wing

GRADE- 6th round

PROJECTION- 6th-7th round

 

  1. DE ZACK WAGENMANN, MONTANA, 6’3 1/8, 245, 4.82

This is another undersized defensive end but he has power, can beat defenders with speed, and has a good motor.  His week at the NFLPA Bowl really solidified his status as a draftable player. On tape he was easy to find because he had long hair in college but scouts noticed he cut his hair before the bowl game.  He’s one of the more productive pass rushers in the small schools as a two-time All-American and three-time first-team All-Big Sky pick.  He had 75 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, and 17.5 sacks as a senior.  Late in the draft process he hurt his foot so his status is clouded but his motor and pass rush ability make him a player you want to draft in the late rounds.

GRADE- 6th round

PROJECTION- 6th-7th round

 

  1. DE LYNDEN TRAIL, NORFOLK STATE, 6’6 5/8, 269, 4.89

When Trail left Florida he made an immediate impact at Norfolk State.  He earned All-MEAC honors for three straight years and was used out in coverage dropping back, the slot, and rushed the passer from the 3-tech and edge or even as a linebacker.  While he is stiff and lacks explosion he has very good length and size.  I have a lot of reservations about his play though and don’t value him as high as the media has him ranked.  Someone will likely draft Trail who plans to use him with his hand on the ground or standing but up I believe he is best as a defensive end because he is a little too stiff to cover the slot in the NFL.  32 ½ VJ, 9’9 BJ, 4.48 SS, 10 ½ hand, 83 ¼ wing, 24 reps

GRADE- 6th-7th round

PROJECTION- 6th-7th round

 

  1. RB ZACH ZENNER, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, 5’11 ½, 222, 4.59

When you watch a small schooler you look for a productive player who does well against FBS teams.  Zenner has been very good against top level competition.  He can get to the next level and has very good vision.  His lack of ideal speed limits him to a good backup in the eyes of NFL teams right now but he is a player who could contribute early on.  One concern is the fact he has a lot of tread worn off the tires.  Zenner has been in the JBS system for four years and is someone who has only gotten better each year.  The ability to change direction and see the open holes makes him someone who could contribute for years as a very good backup.  41 VJ, 10’1 BJ, 4.30 SS, 9 5/8 hand, 76 5/8 wing, 25 reps

GRADE- 6th-7th round

PROJECTION- 6th-7th round

 

  1. OLB EDMOND ROBINSON, NEWBERRY, 6’2 5/8, 242, 4.59

This is perhaps one of the toughest projections and grades to give in this entire draft.  Coming out of high school he was a safety who grew into a linebacker.  Robinson is built like a Greek god, has very good speed and explosion, and he can drop into coverage with very good range.  You won’t find many linebackers with his athleticism but his play on the field is not very good.  Robinson has a test freak who shows it on the field but lacks great instincts or a mean streak.  There are quarters he goes completely silent and only flashes a few plays in a game.  His stock has been helped greatly in the postseason because he stands out in workout shorts but his production (68 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss) is not very impressive for a D2 player.  The lack of football production is alarming and is why he is just a late round projection.  I believe someone will draft him because of the upside since some scouts have him as a 4th round grade.  37 VJ, 10’1 BJ, 4.38 SS, 10 ¼ hand, 82 5/8 wing, 20 reps

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- 6th-7th round

 

  1. DE/DT CAUSHAUD LYONS, TUSCULUM, 6’4 ½, 284, 4.87

When the late rounds approach teams are looking for big linemen who can run and often are scheme versatile.  That’s what Lyons brings.  His length and size are imposing combined with the fact he could be a 3-4 end or move inside to tackle.  He’s stiff but has a good get off and chases play sideline to sideline.  After a junior year in which he did not dominate, he turned up the heat as a senior with 89 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks but what was more impressive was the fact his tape got better and better each week.  With his athleticism, size, and length he will be a player who a lot of teams will be looking to pick in the late rounds.  There are some people who have him as high as the 5th round on their board so start keeping an eye on his name during day 3.  30 ½ VJ, 10’0 BJ, 4.55 SS, 10 hand, 84 wing, 24 reps

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- 6th-7th round

 

  1. NT DEON SIMON, NORTHWESTERN STATE (LA), 6’4 3/8, 317, 5.10

Here is a player I was very high on entering the 2014 season because he is not only a massive man but has very good flexion and can run for his size.  The big concern was his weight and the lack of motor but as a senior he lost weight since the previous spring and showed to be more dominant.  Unfortunately for Simon, he got hurt during the fall and there became questions where or not he would get a combine invite.  Once he was invited he was someone I had my eye on more than most.  When he showed that he dropped over 20 pounds and lit up the workouts, I had to move him into the draft projection.  His grade would have been higher had he not gotten hurt and had the chance to have a dominant full season.  Simon is very strong and almost impossible to move.  He should be a very good 3-4 developmental nose tackle.  29 ½ VJ, 8’9 BJ, 4.76 SS, 10 ½ hand, 78 ¾ wing, 35 reps

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- 7th round

 

  1. FS JACOB HAGEN, LIBERTY, 6’2 ½, 205, 4.63

This was one of my sleepers during the fall and someone who I was pounding the table for in December and January as a snub by the major all-star games and the NFL Combine.  Hagen is a tall, rangy kid with good length who displayed very good ball skills and tackling ability.  He played in the Medal of Honor Bowl and did not stand out down there but looked good enough during the fall and did well enough during his pro day that someone should take a long look at him in the final 56 picks of the draft as a developmental safety who can play special teams.  His ball skills along are quite impressive with 14 interceptions and 14 pass breakups over the last two years.  He also showed improved tackling as a senior going from 61 to 108 total tackles.  36 ½ VJ, 10’4 BJ, 4.43 SS, 9 7/8 hand, 77 3/8 wing, 22 reps

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- 7th round

 

  1. RB MALCOLM AGNEW, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, 5’9 1/8, 202, 4.59

Agnew began his career at Oregon State before transferring to Southern Illinois and is the younger brother of NFL fullback Ray Agnew II.  His father, Ray Agnew Sr., also played in the NFL and is a scout for the Rams.  If Agnew were .10 faster in the 40, stayed healthy in the fall, and a little taller I believe scouts would have him rated much higher.  He finished with 820 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing in just 8 games as a senior.  He was the best running back at the NFLPA Bowl, despite no combine invite while a couple other backs there had one.  His change of direction, burst, quickness, feet, and ability to find the open hole is impressive.  His blocking technique will need work and he was not used much as a receiver but there is a lot to work with.  His pro day was phenomenal and just a taste of what teams missed at the NFL Combine, which was very impressive.  37 VJ, 10’9 BJ, 3.90 SS, 6.75 3-cone, 8 ¾ hand, 73 ½ wing, 19 reps

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- 7th round

 

  1. QB BRYAN BENNETT, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, 6’2 ¼, 218, 4.80

Bennett started his career as a backup at Oregon and transferred so he could get on the field.  As a junior at Southeastern Louisiana he began to show the ability that once got him recruited to Oregon with his arm and athleticism.  After throwing for 3,165 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior he threw for 2,357 yards with a 18-8 ratio as a senior.  Bennett was named the Southland Offensive Player of the Year as a senior but had a lot of issues with fumbling and throwing interceptions.  His completion percentage was under 50 and he tried to force a lot of throws he should not.  The arm strength is impressive as he could put zip on the ball just about anywhere and he could get in open space and pick up yards with his feet but his turnovers and lack of accuracy are a major concern.  In a normal year he would be a free agent but the quarterback class is thin so he could get drafted in the late rounds.  37 VJ, 10’5 BJ, 4.20 SS, 9 ½ hand, 75 7/8 wing

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- 7th round

 

  1. DT/DE RODNEY GUNTER, DELAWARE STATE, 6’4 3/8, 298, 5.01

This is another sleeper who somehow went under the radar by not getting a combine invite or any all-star game invites.  At Delaware State he was a three-time All-MEAC selection.  Gunter is a little stiff in the ankles but not in the hips and he has a good get off.  He is a big body who moves well and chases plays all over the field.  His length and size are imposing, and make him versatile enough that he could fit in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.  It would be a surprise if he is not drafted late because of his physical tools and the upside.

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- 7th round

 

  1. C NICK EASTON, HARVARD, 6’2 ¾, 303, 5.16

Easton was another player I had marked as a sleeper early on but that quickly went away once we got him in Los Angeles for the NFLPA Bowl.  Easton’s tape as a junior and senior was much better than people around the league buzzed him and he proved it in the bowl game.  Talking around with contacts they had him graded much higher after the NFLPA Bowl, some believe he is a top 5 center overall in this draft.  He is a wide body who has a sloppy looking body but can pull, has good feet, and is versatile.  You know he is smart coming from Harvard and with his athleticism and intelligence he should have no problem being a very good interior swing backup early on.  The two-time Al-Ivy League player still doesn’t have the visits and workouts I would expect so he is a borderline draft projection but I have him with a higher grade than anyone else here in the late rounds.  30 ½ VJ, 9’4 BJ, 4.60 SS, 10 3/8 hand, 79 wing, 29 reps

GRADE- 6th round

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. RB JOHN CROCKETT, NORTH DAKOTA STATE, 5’11 ¾, 217, 4.58

Ever since seeing him in the playoffs as a junior I had a good grade on Crockett.  He can find holes, has a good burst, and is a bigger back who you don’t worry about being hurt.  While at NDSU he was very healthy and can wear down defenses late in the game.  In a very loaded MVFC he was just a second-team pick but he is a player you can count on to carry the load and showed very good hands and ability in space.  He is a draftable talent who deserves to be taken in the late rounds.  I would pick him as early as the 6th round because he has proven to be a durable back but his 40 time is why I project him lower than he deserves to be.  1.54 10-yard, 40 VJ, 10’5 BJ, 4.25 SS, 9 ¾ hand, 75 ½ wing, 15 reps

GRADE- 6th round

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. DE/OLB ZACK HODGES, HARVARD, 6’2 ½, 251, 4.68

This is a tough projection and grade because there is more than meets the eye on this one.  Hodges suffers from some psychological issues that force him to take medication and he is known to be moody.  Don’t mistake this with character because he is very smart and a great person.  There is just a concern that he may be a little mentally unstable, and many teams will stay away from it.  Looking at his play on the field he struggles heavily against the run and while he is athletic and can get off the ball he is not strong and did have trouble staying healthy this postseason. The media has graded him as a 2nd-3rd or 4th round pick through much of this process but most NFL teams never had him that high.  His ability as a pass rusher makes him a player to keep an eye on in the late rounds but I have him much lower because of his inconsistency as a senior, lack of strength at the point of attack against the run, and the off field concerns.

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. DT XAVIER WILLIAMS, NORTHERN IOWA, 6’1 ¾, 320, 5.32

Williams is a big body who probably would be a 6th round or higher projection if he were taller but at 6’1 ¾ he will be considered a low ceiling player in terms of his body development.  He is a bit stiff but is quick off the ball and has good strength to push the pocket and get off blocks.  He doesn’t test like a freak but is a strong kid with the get off and ability to be a very good backup in the NFL.  As a junior he had 74 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks but somehow blew that out of the water as a senior with 93 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks.  Just to show how close the late rounds and free agents are if he were 6’3 and ran a 5.20 40 I would have him as a 6th round projection.

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. CB TYE SMITH, TOWSON, 6’0 1/8, 184, 4.56

This was a tough one to project because he has very good closing speed, size, length, and tackles very well but lacks that great 40 time NFL teams are looking for to draft a small school corner higher than the late rounds.  Smith is a draftable player who I would take as early as the 5th or 6th round but his speed and the fact he is considered more of a cover two instead of man to man corner has him lower down the board.  His shuttles are very good, which shows he can change direction despite the fact he is a little tight when he flips his hips.  The initial burst and ability to change direction are impressive.  As a junior he had 103 tackles and 14 passes defended but was not tested as much in 2014 with just 8 passes defended and 84 tackles.  36 ½ VJ, 10’4 BJ, 3.96 SS, 6.97 3-cone, 8 ¾ hand, 78 wing, 15 reps

GRADE- 6th round

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. RB TYLER VARGA, YALE, 5’10 5/8, 222, 4.68

Varga is a tough player to gauge in terms of his speed because I had a 4.6 estimate on him during the fall but at the Senior Bowl he was more than impressive and looked like a 4.5 player.  His toughness, ability to run through blocks, and not go down on first contact are what you like most but he is a tweener, lacks great speed, and he is not used much as a receiver.  This Canadian was once a top CFL prospect but that was before NFL teams found out he was a senior, since he was listed as a junior in the spring of 2014, and burst onto the NFL radar with 1,423 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2014.  The speed and the fact he is a tweener could keep him from being drafted or his play in Mobile could put him in the draft.  Some have him as high as the 4th-5th round while others have him as a priority free agent.  He should be a solid role playing backup for a while in the NFL because of his running style.  38 ½ VJ, 9’9 BJ, 4.37 SS, 10 5/8 hand, 72 3/8 wing, 23 reps.

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. C/OG ANTOINE EVERETT, MCNEESE STATE, 6’3, 323, 5.74

Everett somehow created quite the Twitter buzz without doing anything since there was apparently a typo from media outlets who reported on his pro day and said he ran a 4.62 40.  You will notice his time above is nowhere near that.  I was skeptical when I heard the time and waited to verify it.  When you watch tape there’s no way you can argue that he runs a 4.6 or even a 5.0.  Hearing people say that showed who had actually seen him and who did not.  He played left tackle for McNeese and while he did not look extremely athletic, he has the body type to move inside.  He can bend and was flat out dominate at times.  Turn on the Nebraska tape and watch him work their talented ends very well.  He can move people off the ball and seal lanes well.  He looked very good in the NFLPA Bowl and received praise from those who had not yet seen him.  I project him as a center who would zone blocking teams will likely stay away from because of his lack of ideal athleticism.  20 ½ VJ, 7’7 BJ, 5.18 SS, 9 hand, 80 wing, 21 reps

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. RB TERRELL WATSON, AZUSA PACIFIC, 6’0 5/8, 236, 4.55

During the fall it was hard not to notice the production of Watson who not only went on to be a unanimous All-American with

2,153 yards and 29 touchdowns but he capped it off with a MVP performance in the NFLPA Bowl.  Watson doesn’t have the best get off but has build up speed and runs through tackles.  His vision, power and size make him a tough player to stop.  While he likely won’t dominate in the NFL he is an interesting player who could be a very good backup.  During his pro day he silenced the critics who said he may run a 4.7 by running a 4.51 and 4.59, which made me happy because I had estimated a mid to high 4.5 on tape, verifying the fact he is faster than you may think.  There is a shot he is taken in the late rounds.

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. WR R.J. HARRIS, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 6’0, 200, 4.52

This was one of my favorite small school receivers because he was not only very productive but a good route runner with good flexion.  Last spring he ran in the 4.7s for NFL scouts so many people thought he didn’t have enough speed but on tape he looked fast enough to play in the NFL.  No, he is not a burner but he is not so slow he can’t play in the NFL.  He has average size and speed but the production is off the charts with a 100 catch season as a senior and 76 grabs as a junior.  Harris did not play very well at times in the playoffs showing inconsistent hands despite the fact he had good overall numbers because the Wildcats were riding him hard down the stretch.  His initial burst is not very good but he has a second gear and is someone who knows how to get open.  I think he will be a good role player in the NFL who should last for a while.  37 ½ VJ, 10’7 BJ, 4.20 SS, 9 1/8 hand, 77 ½ wing, 18 reps

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. C/OG CHAD HAMILTON, COASTAL CAROLINA, 6’2 1/8, 297, 4.96

This is a tough one because I rate him lower than it seems the NFL does.  Hamilton is not a big kid at just 6’2, 297 pounds but he has very good feet and is athletic.  The issue for Hamilton may be the fact that he isn’t very strong either so his athleticism may have made him an elite FCS player but I question his ability to hold up in the NFL.  Hamilton spent time teaching this past spring and from all accounts was very good, so he does have something to fall back on.  The ability to mirror and get out in space along with his wingspan for his height are impressive.  There are a few teams who really like him though so he may go in the 5th or 6th round but his frame, size, and lack of strength are why I have him lower on the board.  30 VJ, 9’4 BJ, 4.63 SS, 9 1/8 hand, 82 ½ wing, 19 reps

GRADE- Mid Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. SS GORDON HILL, SACRED HEART, 5’10 ¾, 212, 4.64

The last time I liked a defender this much from the NEC was Jose Gumbs of Monmouth but Hill’s tackling and ability to make plays all over the field have gotten him more attention.  He lacks elite speed and isn’t great in coverage but he chases plays and is a good tackler.  Hill is the true definition of a media sleeper, even at this point, because he was snubbed by every all-star game, NFL Combine but NFL teams like him more than people realize.  Keep an eye on him because he had 5 visits and some workouts so he is a player that teams certainly had draftable grades on after the season. To me he is a tweener that I would prefer to sign as a priority free agent and develop on the practice squad but there is a chance he is taken in the 200-256 range.  37 VJ, 9’10 BJ, 4.50 SS, 8 ½ hand, 74 5/8 wing, 17 reps

GRADE- Mid Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- 7th-PFA

 

  1. WR NEAL STERLING, MONMOUTH (NJ), 6’3 3/8, 238, 4.63

Sterling is one of those who I believe was an underachiever in college.  As a senior he had 55 catches for 905 yards and six touchdowns.  He was not thrown to as much as you would hope for but the work ethic has been questioned.  He has the ability to be a very good player with his frame, hands, and the fact he is so smooth but he is a tweener who needs to drop some weight and ran 4.6s at his pro day, along with a couple drops in the workout.  NFL teams were hoping to bang the table for him but several scouts were disappointed he did not break 4.5s.  While he is a projected priority free agent there is a chance he is taken in the late rounds because of the skills and physical tools.

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. OT JAKE RODGERS, EASTERN WASHINGTON, 6’5 ¾, 315, 5.28

Rodgers began his career at Washington State but transferred to Eastern Washington where he had a knee injury in 2013 and did not start the entire year.  As a senior he blossomed by starting at right tackle and right guard and earning All-America honors.  He isn’t a test freak and he isn’t flashy but he is what I call a lunch pail guy.  He just goes to work each game and does his job without earning all the praise because of a flashy block or freak play.  The flexion, strength, and size make him someone who is tough to get around and he simply does his job by sustaining his blocks and doing what is asked.  He is rated as a tackle but could kick in to guard since his arm length is toward the minimum you look for in a tackle.  I don’t expect him to be drafted but he will make a roster.  30 ½ VJ, 8’10 BJ, 4.86 SS, 10 5/8 hand, 81 ¼ wing, , 24 reps

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. DE RYAN DELAIRE, TOWSON, 6’4 1/8, 257, 4.89

I have a lot of concerns with this player because of several reasons.  After putting up a productive junior season he followed it up with an even better senior year but as someone who doesn’t believe in box score scouting I have him lower than many others might.  Delaire started his career at UMASS but transferred and while he dominated he has done some things this offseason that cause for concern.  First, he committed to play in an all-star game despite having surgery planned in December and then had to pull out.  He knew he needed surgery so why ever commit?  Then, he did not test well at the NFL Combine coming off the injury.  I grade the tape, so his grade is draftable but there are still concerns.  He is productive, has good pass rush, and has heavy hands.  On the flip side, he is a little stiff and doesn’t run that fast.  A team would have to coach him up and make sure he improves his technique.  One attractive thing about him for NFL teams is the fact he could play in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

 

ONE-LINERS (36-50) (players ranked in order or most likely to get drafted)

 

  1. FS TEVIN MCDONALD, EASTERN WASHINGTON, 5’11 3/8, 201, 4.58

After starting his career strong at UCLA, off field issues derailed his time there but he showed FBS talent while at EWU but despite the chance he is taken late he needed to be more consistent to rank higher on this list. 33 VJ, 9’4 BJ, 4.26 SS, 9 hand, 73 3/8 wing, 19 reps

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. DE/OLB DARIUS ALLEN, CSU-PUEBLO, 6’1 5/8, 229, 4.73

I’m still trying to figure out how a two-time Gene Upshaw winner was snubbed by all-star games but Allen is an athletic pass rush tweener who will have to be a linebacker in the NFL.  32 VJ, 9’5 BJ, 4.30 SS, 9 ¾ hand, 82 wing, 19 reps

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. WR TELLO LUCKETT, HARDING, 5’11 ¾, 206, 4.40

Luckett played in an offense that was not friendly to his skill set as a receiver can’t dominate easily in the triple option but he has good speed and blocking ability but his change of direction and ability to handle a lot of information are a concern.  35 ½ VJ, 10’0 BJ, 4.40 SS, 9 ¼ hand, 75 7/8 wing, 18 reps

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. WR ADRIAN COXSON, STONY BROOK, 6’0 5/8, 209, 4.47

Coxson is a better player than Luckett but did not attend the combine so I don’t know if he would go ahead of him but keep an eye on Coxson because he can run and does a good job of getting open.  32 VJ, 9’3 BJ, 4.40 SS, 9 ¾ hand, 76 wing, 15 reps

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. WR VERNON JOHNSON, TEXAS A&M COMMERCE, 6’0, 198, 4.53

Johnson fell the most this postseason because I had him in the top 25 and believe he will probably be better than most of the receivers ahead of him but he did not dominate in the NFLPA Bowl and ran much slower than expected at his pro day.  37 VJ, 10’7 BJ, 4.47 SS, 9 ¾ hand, 75 wing, 18 reps

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. DT DERRICK LOTT, CHATTANOOGA, 6’4, 314, 4.96

The former 4-tar Georgia transfer is a productive kid with a big body that can push the pocket but is raw, has off field concerns and is a bit stiff.  26 ½ VJ, 8’10 BJ, 4.44 SS, 9 1/8 hand, 81 3/8 wing, 30 reps

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. DE/OLB SAGE HAROLD, JAMES MADISON, 6’2 ¾, 242, 4.66

Harold was disruptive as a senior (23.5 TFL, 13.5 sacks) after being a role player in 2013 but is raw and will need time to develop so he is a projected priority free agent with a shot to be taken late.  31 ½ VJ, 9’3 BJ, 4.69 SS, 9 1/8 hand, 78 3/8 wing, 21 reps

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. WR RICKY COLLINS, TEXAS A&M COMMERCE, 6’0, 198, 4.53

After transferring from Midwestern State and sitting out in 2013 he had a breakout senior year showing very good hands and the ability to take over games as times but is raw and will need to be developed.  36 VJ, 9’11 BJ, 4.39 SS, 9 hand, 77 ½ wing

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. CB AL-HAJJ SHABAZZ, WEST CHESTER, 6’0 7/8, 200, 4.67

This is one of the more interesting players because the ceiling on him is high since he is very raw and has size, length, and the ability to contribute on special teams early on.  35 VJ, 10’5 BJ, 4.59 SS, 9 3/8 hand, 78 ¼ wing, 12 reps

GRADE- 7th round

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. TE JAMES O’SHAUGHNESSY, ILLINOIS STATE, 6’4 1/8, 244, 4.68

There was not much buzz on him until he stood out in the FCS playoffs, particularly on special teams, and showed good hands and athleticism at his pro day so keep an eye on his name in the 7th round.  35 VJ, 9’8 BJ, 4.38 SS, 9 ½ hand, 78 5/8 wing, 16 reps.

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. WR DEANDRE CARTER, SACRAMENTO STATE, 5’8 ½, 185, 4.44

This tiny little jitter bug can flat out fly and showed the ability to create open space and make big plays as a senior with 99 catches for 1,321 yards and 17 touchdowns.  38 ½ VJ, 10’6 BJ, 3.80 SS, 6.64 3-cone, 8 ¾ hand, 71 ¼ wing, 17 reps

GRADE- Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. TE HAROLD SPEARS, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 6’3 ¾, 251, 4.75

It’s hard to find more productive, consistent tight ends than Spears so keep an eye on him because he has good hands and can run but lacks ideal size and I don’t expect him to get drafted because of it.  36 ½ VJ, 9’10 BJ, 4.53 SS, 9 7/8 hand, 79 ½ wing, 20 reps

GRADE- Mid Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. RB ROSS SCHEUERMAN, LAFAYETTE, 5’11 7/8, 203, 4.45

Scheuerman has been inconsistent with his 40 times in the postseason and lacks a great burst but should be a very good free agent pickup because of his versatility and second gear. 33 VJ, 10’1 BJ, 4.11 SS, 8 ¾ hand, 73 ½ wing, 15 reps

GRADE- Mid Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. P KYLE LOOMIS, PORTLAND STAE, 6’1 5/8, 227, 4.98

After starting his career at Oregon State he joined the Army but returned to football at Portland State where he showed a strong leg with a 46-yard average and 30 punts of 50+ plus yards as a senior.

GRADE- Mid Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

  1. ILB NICK DZUBNAR, CAL POLY, 6’1, 241, 4.70

Dzubnar was all over the field as a senior making plays in the box with good strength and chasing sideline to sideline, finishing with 167 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss in 12 games.  34 VJ, 9’3 BJ, 4.16 SS, 9 ¾ hand, 75 ¼ wing, 29 reps

GRADE- Mid Priority Free Agent

PROJECTION- Priority Free Agent

 

 

INJURED, MAY NOT SIGN

 

The following players did not perform a full workout at their pro day so they were dropped heavily down the rankings.  They are still rated in the top because of their talent and that they went to a pro day so they may tryout with a team later in the season.

 

OT JERMAINE BARTON, ILLINOIS STATE- WRIST/KNEE

WR KEVIN VEREEEN, NORTHERN IOWA- KNEE

TE DAN LIGHT, FORDHAM- TORN ACL

WR STEPHEN BARNETTE, RICHMOND- KNEE

FS MIKE WADE, SAM HOUSTON STATE- POSTERIOR LABRUM SURGERY